Zalman CNPS20X CPU Cooler Review (Page 4)

| Jun 15, 2020 at 8:50 am CDT
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ZalmanModel: cnps20x

Accessories and Documentation


The backplate in the center of the image is reminiscent of the older backplates from Zalman we have used, but this time supports AM4 on either side of it now. To the left of the backplate are the Intel "guides," or top mounting brackets, and the chunk of rubber with tape on the back is the AMD loading block. To the right are the AMD guides, and at the bottom is the Intel loading block.

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To use the hardware from the last image, you will need most of these bits. At the top, we see four "nuts" as Zalman refers to them, but they are the threads that insert into the backplate, followed by four washers, and four side caps, which hold the "nuts" into the backplate. The center row has four standoff nuts and a pair of fixing bolts that go into the tabs on the base of the cooler. The bottom row has the (B) standoffs for LGA2011 And 2066, and the (A) standoffs for AM3, AM4, and LGA115X/1200.

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The more universal parts are all stacked in this image. There is the small tube of ZM-SCT8 thermal compound, a 4-pin PWM to dual 4-pin PWM fan splitter cable, a 3-pin addressable cable splitter, and a special connector for those using GIGABYTE motherboards.

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The manual is done well, and while there are three pages of precautions in fourteen languages, once you hit the specifications and components, the instructions begin. All sockets are covered in finely illustrated renderings of the components. You need to pay attention to orientations and parts placements, as there is little text, and do a terrific job of guiding you through any installation. Once past the instructions, you will find a wiring guide and fan specifications before running into the last page, which we believe to be in Korean, possibly Chinese.

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After unboxing the fans, we find them resting in a plastic tray, which holds the fans, the cables, and the fan clips. You will also find a package of four screws, not to mount the fan, but to secure the spider legs to the other half of the frame.

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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